Steffi Kim

Steffi Kim
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
NSB 219


  • Post-doctoral Associate, Memory Keepers – Medical Discovery Team, Department of Family Medicine & Biobehavioral Health, University of Minnesota, 2020
  • Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2020
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2018
  • M.S., Biology, University of Bremen, Germany, 2004
  • B.S., Biology, University of Bremen, Germany, 2004

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PSY A623: Intervention 1
  • PSY A665: Psychotherapy Practicum
  • PSY A604: Biological and Pharmacological Bases of Behavior
  • PSY A684: Clinical Supervision and Consultation
  • PSY A260: Statistics for Psychology Lab
  • PSY A150: Lifespan Development

Professional & Department Service

  • Member: Society for Community Research and Action
  • Co-chair Indigenous Interest Group, Society for Community Research and Action
  • Member: Gerontological Society of Aging
  • Co-chair Indigenous Peoples Interest Group, Gerontological Society of Aging
  • Member: Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences
  • Scientist Advisory Board: Resource Center for Minority Aging Research 
  • Reviewer: Gerontologist
  • Licensed Psychologist (AK 125402)

Research Interests

  • Alaska Native Aging Well Theory
  • Family Stigma Related to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias within the Alaska Native Context
  • Community-based Participatory Research Approaches Informed by Indigenous Research Methods
  • Empowerment, Resilience, and Resistance to Oppression
  • Culturally Responsive, Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Services for Older Adults
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research to Inform Interventions and Policymaking 


Kim, S. M., & Lewis, J. P. (2024). Protective Factors in the Context of Successful Aging in Urban-Dwelling Alaska Native Elders. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology39(1), 53-71.

Lewis, J. P., Kim, S. M., Asquith-Heinz, Z., & Withrow, A. (2024). Generativity as a Traditional Way of Life: Successful aging among Unangan Elders in the Aleutian Pribilof Islands. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology39(2), 107-123.

Lewis, J. P., Kim, S. M., Asquith-Heinz, Z., & Thompson, L. (2023). Cyclical migration in Alaska Native Elders and its impact on elders' identity and later life well-being. The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences,

Crouch, M., Kim, S., Asquith-Heinz, Z., Decker, E., Andrew, N., Rosich, R., & Lewis, J. (2022). Elder-centered research methodology: Research that decolonizes and indigenizes. Innovation in Aging, 6(Supplement_1), 384-384.

Asquith-Heinz, Z., Kim, S. M. & Lewis, P. J.  (2022) Alaska Native successful aging in Northwest Alaska: How family impacts how one ages in a good way. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 81:1, 2147127, DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2022.

McGee, J. S., Zhao, H. C., Myers, D. R., & Kim, S. M. (2017). Positive Psychological Assessment and Early-Stage Dementia. Clinical Gerontologist. DOI:10.1080/07317115.2017.1305032